OFPN Executive Committee 2016-18

Executive Committee 2016-2018

  • President: Sheena Howard
  • Past President: Judie Surridge
  • Vice President: Carolyn Vardy
  • Secretary: Janet Probst
  • Membership: Jennifer Bugera
  • Communications Officer: Kelly Pensom  
  • Member at Large: Tsering Sundup

Executive Committee Bios

Sheena Howard, BScN, RN

Sheena Howard – New Bio

Sheena Howard is a proud Primary Care Registered Nurse who was born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario. After discovering her passion for nursing in her high school library, she attended Queen’s University School of Nursing, and graduated in 2003. Upon graduation, she accepted a job on the isolated island archipelago of Haida Gwaii, BC as a Public Health Nurse. Through a social justice lens, she worked with the Haida and non-Haida populations to increase their access to community health care. After the birth of their first son, she and her wife moved back to Peterborough and she began working as full scope Primary Care Nurse, specializing in the nursing care of families, Indigenous people and the LGBTQ population with a specific focus on Transgender Health. Sheena recently completed the foundational Leadership and Management course from McMaster University’s School of Nursing, and is a Master’s Degree candidate in Health Leadership at Royal Roads University. Sheena is the Co-Chair of AHFTO’s Nursing Community of Practice and Faculty in the Rural and Remote Nursing and Patient Navigator Programs at Fleming College. She is honoured to be the new President of OFPN. Sheena and her wife have two sons, and she loves running, cooking, kickboxing, and reading about nursing and nursing leadership.

Judie Surridge, RN (Retired), BA

Judie worked as a nurse in the Women’s college Hospital ambulatory care centre in Toronto for 35 years. She was Presided of OFPN for approximately 10 years and on the executive for many years before that. Judie retired from nursing in 2015.

Carolyn Vardy, RN, BScN

Carolyn in an RN in the Greater Peterborough Family Health Team at the Curve Lake First Nation Health Centre site. She completed a Diploma (hons) in Nursing from George Brown College in 2002 and a BScN (hons) degree from Ryerson University in 2008. Carolyn began her nursing career at St Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto where she working in Cardiology, Respiratory and Medicine, as well as facilitating Cardiology and Hematology clinical trials. Carolyn also spent some time working in remote Ontario First Nation communities where she developed her love of Primary Care. Carolyn believes RNs are underutilized in Primary Care and is passionate about promoting and supporting the role.

Kelly Pensom, RN, BScN

Kelly completed her nursing training at the University of Toronto in 2007. Kelly has been dedicated to primary care / family practice nursing since completing her consolidation training and New Graduate Initiative at the Women's College Hospital Academic Family Health Team in Toronto. Her dedication to primary care stems from her deep belief in the difference nurses can make in care across the lifespan of members of our communities and the role of full scope nurses in enhancing access to primary care. Currently, Kelly provides office nursing services within a large family health team at the Peterborough Clinic in Peterborough. Additionally, she has developed and implemented a tobacco cessation program, and collaborates in the development of other nurse-run chronic disease management programs for her team.

Jennifer Bugera, RN

Jennifer Graduated from Misericordia School of Nursing, Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1987. She initially worked in general medicine at the Victoria General Hospital in Winnipeg from 1987-1898 followed by various inpatient unites at Wellesley Hospital, Toronto, Ontario 1989-1996. Since then Jennifer has been providing basic foot care to clients as a Visiting Nurse for St Elizabeth Health Care and also works in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at St Michaels Hospital, Toronto. Since 2009, Jennifer has volunteered for the Out of the Cold program through St Aidens Parish in Toronto.


Tsering Sundup, RN, BScN, IBCLC

Tsering graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2002 and began her nursing career at the Ottawa Hospital; Civic campus in women’s health & general surgery. After 10 years at the hospital, Tsering was happy to make the transition to primary care with the Partners in Pregnancy Clinic in Peterborough. Through her work with women and their families, Tsering saw the importance of supporting mothers and their journey to breastfeed and became a lactation consultant IBCLC. She enjoys working within a collaborative team at the clinic and believes that RNs need to be working to their full scope of practice in primary care. 


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